Dissatisfaction with the way things are may be the reason why nearly 80 residents in 24 towns will meet head to head in primary elections Sept. 13.
“People are stepping forward instead of just complaining,” Steuben County Board of Elections Commissioner Veronica Olin said. “They’re taking a more active role.”
The unusually high number of primaries will mean dozens of Republican primaries throughout the county. Democrats will stage one primary for Hornell City chamberlain, while Conservatives and Independence parties will each hold two primaries.
The number of primaries may also cause some confusion, since voters can only cast a ballot in their party’s contest on Primary Day, board of elections officials said. “People think it’s like the general election, and it’s not,” Olin said.
In one of the hottest races, on the county level, county Clerk Judith Hunter will face a challenge from Eileen Wood, who narrowly won a challenge to her petitions last week.
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New York ranks last among states in volunteerism, according to a report released Tuesday.
About 20 percent of New Yorkers volunteered last year for community groups, religious organizations, schools and other nonprofits, according to the annual Volunteering in America report by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
That’s less than half the participation rate in Utah, which led the nation with 44.5 percent.
Eighteen states had participation rates of 30 percent or more, said the report, which was based on data from the Census Bureau’s current population survey.
The New York City metropolitan area was largely responsible for the state’s poor showing.
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Corning, NY– The Twin Tier Tea Party addressed concerns over negativity in the media about them at a meeting in Corning.
The chairman of the Twin Tier Tea Party says they were called terrorists and blamed for hijacking the nation’s economy.
Brad Lytle says the cuts put in place by congress to fix the nations debt problems will not work.
He says the only way to fix this problem is to stop Washington’s spending addiction.
However, after Sunday’s meet the press interview with John Kerry, Lytle says Washington is playing the blame game.
“I believe this is without question the tea party downgrade. this is the tea party downgrade because a minority of people in the House of Representatives countered even the will of many Republicans in the United States senate,” Kerry said on Meet The Press.
“That’s all we’re trying to do is be involved and watch what’s going on. We didn’t create this problem. We’re at a crossroads right now with the debt problem,” Lytle said.
Lytle says the tea party is often misunderstood.
At tonight’s meeting, individuals in the Tea Party said while some politicians are blaming the party for the degrading of the nation’s credit.